Date: 23rd February 2021 at 6:30pm
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Liverpool journalist James Pearce has dropped a claim on attacker Divock Origi. 

This comes after Pearce recently made an appearance on The Athletic’s Liverpool-themed podcast The Red Agenda where he discussed a variety of subjects concerning Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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First up in this quiz, what is his current squad number for Liverpool?

On the topic of the upcoming summer transfer window and what potential business the could do in it, Pearce had this to say on the matter. (22.32) (24.05)

He said: “[There are] some huge decisions to make this summer. I think Origi will go and then you look at question marks obviously over [Xherdan] Shaqiri, over [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“There’s a big decision to be made there in terms of, you’ve got three centre-backs all coming back from season-ending injuries, how realistic is it that [Virgil] Dijk and [Joe] Gomez and [Joel] Matip are going to be ready to go and really hit the ground running next season?

“Then getting a number nine in and replacing Origi with a much higher calibre striker, for me, is absolutely crucial as well.”

Origi joined Liverpool back in the 2014 summer transfer window from French club LOSC Lille for a fee of £11.37 million.

Overall, the 25-year-old, who is currently valued at £14.4 million, has made 156 appearances for the Reds across all competitions in which he has managed to score 35 goals and provide 13 assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).

TIF Thoughts on James Pearce’s comments on Origi…

Given how the has failed to score a goal or provide an assist in the league so far this season and earned himself a disappointing season rating of 6.19/10 (per WhoScored), perhaps it would be best for the club to move him on in the summer and try and get a reasonable transfer fee for him.

Should Liverpool have sold Origi during the previous summer transfer window?

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In our view, Origi hasn’t shown that he has the quality to play at a high level for the Reds this season and should be moved on elsewhere.